NASCAR has issued an L2-level penalty to the No. 98 team of ThorSport Racing in the Craftsman Truck Series.
The No. 98 team was found in violation of Sections 14.16.1 and 14.16.1.A&C of the NASCAR Rule Book, which deals with wheels and tires, and wheel assembly, specifically the valve stems. As a result, the organization and driver Ty Majeski were each docked 75 points and five playoff points in their respective standings. Crew chief Joe Shear Jr. was also fined $25,000 and suspended for the next four Craftsman Truck Series events, through Oct. 21 at Homestead-Miami Speedway — the next-to-last race of the season.
Prior to the Clean Harbors 175 at Milwaukee the infraction was discovered. NASCAR took the right rear tire, ejected Shear and forced the team to start at the rear of the field and serve a pass-though penalty.
Majeski would finish seventh. A week prior Majeski scored a win at Lucas Oil Raceway to open up for the Truck Series playoffs.
Three other Truck Series teams were penalized after Milwaukee. The No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Chevrolet team was handed an L1-grade penalty for violating Sections 126.96.36.199.A&B: Triangular Filler Panels. Officials deducted 10 points from both the team and driver Matt Mills in their standings. Two of Niece Motorsports’ teams were issued $2,500 fines for each having one unsecured lug nut in a post-race check; the safety violations (Sections 188.8.131.52a) were issued to crew chiefs Mike Hillman (No. 41 Chevrolet for driver Bayley Currey) and Phil Gould (No. 42 Chevy for playoff driver Carson Hocevar).
Competition officials also announced that Aaron Volf has been suspended indefinitely for a behavioral infraction. Volf has been listed on the official NASCAR team rosters as a hauler driver for the Tricon Garage No. 15 team in the Truck Series from the start of the season through the Aug. 11 race at Indianapolis Raceway Park. He was found in violation of Rule Book Sections 4.1 (NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) and 10.1.A., which covers actions detrimental to stock-car racing.